Advocating for the local business community is a strength and core competency for the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. It is also a member expectation with 34% of respondents to the latest general membership survey indicating that they belonged to our organization because they wanted a strong partner to advocate for businesses. It also ranked…

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) turns students, as young as 11, into the CEOs of their very own businesses, developing the skills necessary to be successful members of the future workforce. Throughout the program students are encouraged to think critically and come up with creative solutions to problems, skills that are essential for entrepreneurs and…

During one of our employment law webinars last month a participant used the Zoom chat box to bemoan the fact that the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act is going to negatively impact all businesses and nonprofits in the state with employees. And he was right…it will. The Chamber lobbied heavily to stop or amend…

In 2021 the Chamber will have several committees to do the work outlined in the 2021 Business Plan. Any employee of a Chamber member is welcome to serve on committees that are accepting new members. Shown below are the committees with a short description of their work. CareerLink Committee is the umbrella committee for Workforce…

When the Chamber Board of Directors conducted their annual planning session virtually in early November, a key theme emerged…the focus has to be on our members and how to help them transition from pandemic to prosperity. The plan that was adopted in December by the Board reflects that philosophy. It also incorporates some lessons learned…

Everyone joined the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce for different reasons. You could have been looking for networking opportunities or you could have wanted to utilize our great Office Depot Discount program. Whatever your reason for joining the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce; here are a few benefits you can enjoy no matter…

As I assume the role as your Chairman of the Board for 2021, I am reminded of a quote by Albert Einstein that may sum up where we are at the beginning of the year, “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” As an organization, the Grand Junction…

In July, the Grand Junction Area Chamber partnered with the Mesa County Public Health Department to roll out the Five Star certification as part of the Variance Protection Program. Giving local businesses the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to keeping employees and customers safe while also encouraging residents to shop locally. Businesses receiving the certification…

2020 was a year that some days felt like a decade rather than just 365 days. Who could have known our collective world and economy would be turned upside down in March by this pandemic? And who would have predicted that we are still under its dark shadow as my year as your Chairman grows…

“Thank you for doing the five-star program. We haven’t gone out to eat since March and knowing we had choices by looking at the Five Star ad in the paper made us feel safe visiting a favorite restaurant once again.” The person on the phone recently didn’t identify themselves and they didn’t need to. Their…

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